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Arrest: Murder of Rose Hanrahan, Limerick 15th December 2017 - 16th January 2020

Gardaí in Limerick have arrested a 45-year-old male Romanian National on suspicion of the murder of Rose Hanrahan.

On today’s date, Thursday 16th January 2020, Gardaí in Limerick investigating the murder of 78-year-old Rose Hanrahan on the 14th - 15th December 2017 have extradited a 45-year-old male Romanian from the United Kingdom. He was arrested for the murder of Rose Hanrahan at approximately 4pm at Dublin Airport and is currently being transported to Henry Street Garda Station.


Rose Hanrahan (78 years) was murdered in her home at 55 New Road, Thomondgate, Co. Limerick on the 14th - 15th December 2017.

The investigation into Rose Hanrahan's murder was co-ordinated from an Incident Room at Mayorstone Park Garda Station.

The investigation identified a 45-year-old male from Romania as the sole suspect for Rose Hanrahan's murder. In January 2019, a Garda investigation file was forwarded to the State Solicitor for transmission to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions; directions were received to charge this male for the murder of Rose Hanrahan.

Investigating Gardaí obtained a European Arrest Warrant before the High Court, details of which were circulated through Interpol to the UK authorities. This EAW was executed by Sussex Police in July 2019. The male appeared before Westminster Magistrates Court on 2nd January 2020, where his extradition was finally ordered on this European Arrest Warrant.

Investigating Gardaí and the Family Liaison Officers have informed the family. The family have also been informed at every stage of this investigation.